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10 years of hurt - Gordon uses painful Scotland memories as a spur

10 years of hurt - Gordon uses painful Scotland memories as a spur
From BBC - October 8, 2017

Scotland keeper Craig Gordon says missing out on the Euro 2008 play-offs a decade ago will spur him on as the team seek the win over Slovenia that would ensure a World Cup play-off.

Gordon was part of Alex McLeish's side beaten by Italy at Hampden in 2007 and Scotland have not been at a major tournament since the 1998 World Cup.

"I thought there might be many more opportunities to come at that stage - but there have not been," he said.

"It is a big moment to try and grasp."

Scotland now know victory in Ljubljana on Sunday (17:00 BST kick-off) will guarantee them second place in Group F and, crucially, that they would be one of the eight best group runners-up.

"At 34, nearly 35, it is something that might not come again," added Celtic's Gordon.

"Hopefully we can all play as if it is our last opportunity and try and grab it."

A 1-0 win over Slovenia at Hampden in March, courtesy of a late Chris Martin goal, was the start of Scotland's five-game unbeaten run.

"That was a big moment in the group for us," acknowledged Gordon, who has kept a clean sheet in four of those games, including the past three.

"If that did not happen and we only got a draw, we probably would not be sitting here now and hoping to get a play-off place. That gave us a lot of confidence and we have gone on a good run from there.

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